One of the fundamental elements of HYPE's mission is community involvement, and we are so grateful for the support of all of our members. Tons of Toys once again exceeded expectations, and all efforts combined resulted in all time record collection of over 2,060 toys!
The 12th annual holiday celebration at Marquee Events & Catering featuring the Gershon Fox Ballroom on Wednesday, December 6th was attended by over 300 young professionals. For an entry fee of one new unwrapped toy or $20, guests enjoyed delicious hors d'ouevres provided by Marquee Events, and an incredible cake by A Little Imagination Cakes, tastings courtesy of Hartford Flavor Company, while dancing the night away to music by Miles Elliot and enjoying gorgeous face and body painting by Tainted Inc. We even had a signature Tons of Toys cocktail, "Jingle Juice" featuring Hartford' Flavor Company's Wild Moon Liqueurs! Many attendees brought more than one toy, truly getting into the holiday giving spirit. We are so grateful to ConnectiCare for their presenting sponsorship that made this event possible. We appreciate your continued support of Tons of Toys!
Despite his busy schedule, Santa made an appearance, taking photos from 4:30-5:30pm with the children, nieces and nephews, or friends of HYPEsters who just couldn’t wait to meet the man himself. The YMCA of Greater Hartford, the beneficiary of Ton of Toys, brought some of their kids from the Wilson-Gray Youth & Family Center to write letters to Santa, snap a photo with him, and then enjoy Santa’s favorite snack, milk and cookies.
Before the event, donations from generous sponsors were collected to fund a toy shopping spree at Target’s South Windsor location on Sunday, December 3rd. Volunteers filled up many carts with sports equipment, pre-school toys, craft kits, dolls, and much more on behalf of our $500 Candy Cane Sponsors BL Companies, BlumShapiro, Cantor Colburn, Comcast, KBE Building Corporation, May, Bonee & Clark, Mohegan Sun, O&G, United Bank, UnitedHealth Group, and Zag Interactive, and our $1,000 Mistletoe Sponsor Webster Bank. We also had amazing support once again from our $5,000 Sugar Plum Sponsor LEGO!
We were truly grateful to once again receive an additional grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. With this incredibly generous gift, we were able to augment our toy collection and purchase specific wish list items for the10 branches, two resident camps, and many pre-school and after school sites. Some of the items include new video gaming systems, dramatic play items, science toys, and more. Thanks to the support of sponsors, we were also able to support 37 youth from the Chrysalis Center Family Matters Program.
The toys were delivered on Thursday, December 7th to the Glastonbury Family YMCA location where staff from the YMCA were waiting to help unload the truck and organize the toys for their youth and families. Thank you to Red Thread for assisting with the transportation of all of the toys. Their support through the donation of the truck and staff manpower help us every step of the way, from the shopping spree, the the day of the event, to drop off the next day. We cannot thank them enough for their continued support!
The YMCA of Greater Hartford is a charitable association open to all and committed to helping people develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. This commitment is reinforced by their belief in living out universal values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Hartford serves more than 3,500 members across the association daily, and many more through their other programs and services. During the school year, the YMCA of Greater Hartford’s infant/toddler, preschool, and school age before and after school care together serve nearly 1,500 children, and each summer they serve more than 8,000 children at their 14 summer camps.
HYPE's leadership and staff are so thankful for your continued support, and grateful for your help in celebrating the true meaning of the holiday season. Thank you for making this years donation the biggest yet!
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